Richard Hunter and Ida Macalpine have brought out a facsimile of Richard Lower's De Catarrhis along with a translation, a bibliographic analysis, and copious notes, not only for the gatherers of esoterica, but for almost anyone else. The book under consideration gives a very clear commentary on the state of medical learning of the time. It was poor. If Lower had not been anticipated by William Harvey in brilliant observations and the singlehanded discovery of modern experimental physiology, Lower would rate, not lower, but higher. He was a great doctor at Oxford and, but for one, the most distinguished medical scientist of the 17th century. Such a sketchy thing is history that we do not even know whether Lower knew Harvey or whether they ever even met. To be sure they had a number of friends in common. To some extent they moved about in the same group. Neither left
Stone DB, Bean WB. De Catarrhis. Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(3):460–461. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870030140026
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